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Permits in Oakland County show how many new homes are being built, by city

Permits in Oakland County show how many new homes are being built, by city

(Kurt Metzger, May 20, 2024)

Oakland County, MI- The Southeast Michigan Council of Government (SEMCOG) has released their annual look at new construction in their seven-county service area, and Oakland County Times has decided to take a look at the data.

The region registered 9,333 new housing units in 2023. This represents a decrease of 9% compared to the total of 10,205 units in 2022.

Permits for single-family homes fell 13%; attached condominium construction decreased by 20%; and apartment construction fell by only 3% compared to 2022.

Southeast Michigan has averaged just over 10,000 new housing units per year since 2014. Single-family home construction averaged 5,145 permits per year, condominium construction just under 900 units, and apartment construction nearly 4,000 units. The 2023 totals were 9,333; 3,876; 4,787; and 690 respectively.

Oakland County communities issued the largest number of new housing permits in 2023, at 2,589. Nearly 58% of the permits granted consisted of the construction of single-family homes.

Macomb County communities have issued 1,216 permits, 60 percent of which are for single-family homes. Wayne County communities have issued 1,763 permits, only 28 percent of which were for single-family homes. This large difference was driven by Detroit with its 1,031 multi-dwelling permits and only 19 single-family homes. For the first time in recent history, Detroit led the region in total permits issued.

Troy led all communities in Oakland with a total number of permits issued of 284. They were followed by Birmingham (266), Lyon Township (225), Farmington Hills (189) and Auburn Hills (170).

Figure 1 tracks the annual issuance of residential permits in Oakland County communities from 2010 through 2023. Clearly, the 2023 total was the lowest since 2014, and followed the pandemic years when permits averaged better was then 3,300 per year.

Figure 2 documents the trends in single-family and multi-family construction. From 2010 through 2016, single-family home construction dominated permits, while multi-family home construction grew in popularity starting in 2017 (with a one-year decline in 2018). In both 2019 and 2022, the number of multi-family permits exceeded the number of single-family homes. A sharp decline in multi-family permits was the main factor in the overall decline in 2023. The figures for the first quarter of 2024 show a continued trend towards single-family homes.

Finally, here is a list of cities, towns and townships and the number of residential units added in 2023, as reported by SEMCOG:

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